FDE textbooks delay | Laptop distribution ceremony

FDE still unable to deliver all textbooks to students
Islamabad, May 14: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has not been able to deliver all textbooks to students for the new academic session, which started more than a month ago.

According to an FDE official, the directorate tried to timely place the order for publishing of textbooks to the National Book Foundation (NBF) and some private publishers, but the delay was caused by the late issuance of directives by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).

"The directorate has so far received 109 of the 117 titles of textbooks, while the remaining will be delivered to it soon. The process of delivering books to schools and colleges is underway," he added.

The official said the NBF, the Punjab Textbook Board and private publishers had handed over the books to the directorate. Only Oxford Publishers were not ready to hand over the books of English without complete payment, the official said.

The Oxford textbooks of English are required for classes IV, V, VII and VIII.

The publishers are demanding payment of the textbooks, while the finance department had not yet released the amount, he said.

An advance payment of Rs 3.5 million had been made before the delivery of textbooks and the remaining amount of Rs 3 million was yet to come, the official said.

According to the students of FDE-run institutes, they have received books of some subjects, while the parents feared that their children would not be able to cover the syllabus in time without complete textbooks.

Sajida, a mother of two children who are studying at the Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-10/2, said that her daughters had so far received books of only five subjects.

It is the responsibility of the FDE to deliver textbooks to the students before commencement of their classes to save their time.

The classes started in April, and the directorate promised to complete the process of distributing the books until the end of last month, he said, adding that it would be difficult for the children to prepare themselves for the first-term exams.

The FDE provides free books from classes I to X every year to facilitate the students. app

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Students perturbed as corrected results delayed
Rawalpindi: The future of hundreds of class-8 students of government and private schools is at stake, as the Punjab Board Examination Centre (PBEC) failed to compile correct results and announce them, despite passage of two months after the directives issued by the Punjab chief minister in this regard.

The affected students appeared according to the new system in 8th class examinations, conducted by PBEC, in February this year. However, due to fault in the compilation of results, the PBEC failed a large number of students despite the fact that they had performed better in the examination. After enquiry into the matter, the Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif ordered for rechecking of papers and recompilation of results within one month. However, despite passage of two months, the result cannot be announced leaving the students perturbed as they are eagerly waiting to get admission in 9th class in different educational institutions.

A large number of students, who along with their parents approaching the concerned authorities in PBEC, alleged that the officials at the PBEC are not providing correct information with regard to results. The officials do not attend them properly adopting bureaucratic attitude.

Students said delaying tactics by the PBEC are creating difficulties and hardships for the students and wasting their precious time.

They have appealed to the chairman of PBEC to take up the matter seriously in the best interest of the students and declare the results within one week so that more time of the students is not wasted.

Representatives of All Punjab Teachers Association, led by its President of Rawalpindi district Saghir Aalam, have expressed their deep concern over the delay in the announcement of results by PBEC. Some drastic steps are needed to announce results and end the present confusion in the best interest of the affected students, they appealed.

On the other hand, Executive District Officer, Elementary Education, Mrs Naseem Altaf, while commenting on the situation, said that all the students who are facing problem would be provided admission in 9th class in the educational institutions they apply for. The result of these students would be declared in the last week of the current month, she assured.

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2,723 talented students given laptops at FJWU
Rawalpindi: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has stressed on the need for following the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal for progressive and sustainable growth of Pakistan.

He stated this while addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) under 'Chief Ministerís Youth Initiative' here on Friday. The chief minister distributed laptops among 2,723 talented students.

FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir welcomed the chief minister, parliamentarians, senators and the Higher Education Commission chairman. She said the university was serving the nation for thirteen years. She said: "Education is the prior commitment of the Punjab government and the government of Punjab is always very supportive to the FJWU."

Addressing the ceremony, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Leghari said: "It is an era of digital revolution and we must be able to face these challenges." He said that there are three basic things that transform the nation into society which include higher education and research, technology, leadership and management.

Considering accommodation problems for students who come from far-flung areas of the country, the chief minister announced a grant of Rs220 million for construction of university hostels. The announcement to this effect was lauded as construction of hostels would facilitate students coming from far-flung parts of the country.

Shahbaz Sharif assured the university administration and students that the CNBW building will soon be officially handed over to the FJWU to be used as a hostel. Earlier, the Punjab government had given the building to the university, but the decision was reverted during Pervez Musharrafís regime.

He assured the vice chancellor of his support in consolidating all future plans of the university. He said that there would be no compromise in the distribution of laptops because each and every laptop has gone to high-achievers.

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Scholarship award ceremony held
Rawalpindi: The Scholarship Award Ceremony 2012 was held at the Army Public College of Management & Sciences (APCOMS), Khadim Hussain Road, on Thursday, says a press release.

Major General Anwar Saeed Khan, managing director of CSD was the chief guest. In his welcome address the Principal Brigadier (r) Hubdar Ahmed Madni, thanked the chief guest for gracing the occasion. He also highlighted the achievements of APCOMIANS' in various fields.

In his address the chief guest lauded the efforts of the faculty and students in achieving such high standards. He appreciated that in short span of time APCOMS has made a place for itself in the field of professional education. He also appreciated that APCOMS by providing quality education at a very competitive financial cost has become a potential educational hub to reckon with.

The scholarship award ceremony is held regularly to award cash prizes and certificate to those students who have performed well in the examinations. The ceremony was attended by large no of students and their parents.

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Extra-curricular week at SZABIST
Islamabad: Students studying Mass Communication at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) have expressed the resolve that they will adopt the field of journalism not as a profession but as an obligation to serve their country and countrymen. This determination came at the conclusion of an extra-curricular week here, which, beside other activities, featured practical journalistic exercises at the Islamabad campus. The news

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